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April 20, 2021

Podcast featuring Richard Bell: Affordable Housing Solutions for Single Family Living

Podcast: Measure Twice, Cut Once Episode # 10 Topic: Just Enough: Affordable housing solutions for single family living. Download: Streaming Platforms Guests: Jake Fry, Founder/ Principal, Smallworks Studios and Laneway Housing, and Co-Founder/Co-Director Director, Small Housing BC Richard Bell, Bell […]

April 19, 2021

Land Owner Transparency Act – Update

by: Nick Go I. Background The Land Owner Transparency Act (“LOTA”) was passed to further the BC government’s goal of making ownership of real estate more transparent. Prior to LOTA, if the owner of real estate is a company or […]

January 4, 2018

New Residential Tenancy Rules on Fixed-Term Leases and Rent Increases

by Sean Hawkins The B.C. government recently closed a loophole that allowed landlords to insert vacate clauses in fixed-term leases, forcing tenants out of their homes and allowing landlords to impose a large rent increase between leases. Unless the landlord […]

September 29, 2017

FAQs: The Empty Homes Tax

by Jasmine Fernando and Geoffrey Lim The Empty Homes Tax (EHT) came into effect January 2017 and many of our clients have had questions about what it is and when it applies. Answers to some frequently asked questions about the […]

March 24, 2017

Province Exempts BC Provincial Nominees from Paying 15% Foreign Buyer’s Property Transfer Tax

by Karen Arscott Non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents pay an additional property transfer tax when acquiring a share in a residential property located in the greater Vancouver area. The tax is payable at 15% of the fair market value of […]

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